Fish stew with pesto


  • Prep Time5 mins
  • Total Time5 mins
  • Makes4 Servings
*PLUS Cooking time: 17 minutes

A few swirls of pesto add a whole new flavour dimension to this classic fish-and-mussel stew.


  • 2 340-mL cans vegetable cocktail

  • 284-mL chicken broth

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

  • 6 baby potatoes

  • 2 tomatoes

  • 1 kg fresh mussels

  • 250 g catfish or tilapia

  • 2 celery stalks

  • 1 cup frozen peas

  • 1/3 cup pesto

  • 1 tbsp orange zest


  • Pour juice and broth into a large wide saucepan. Add onion. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Then stir in potatoes and tomatoes. Reduce heat so mixture simmers, and stir often, until potatoes are partially cooked, about 12 min.

  • Meanwhile, scrub mussels and remove beards. Discard any that are open. Cut fish into chunky pieces. Prepare celery.

  • When potatoes are tender, stir in mussels, fish, celery and peas. Increase heat to medium-high. Cover and gently boil, stirring occasionally, until mussels open, 5 to 8 min. Remove from heat.

  • Discard any mussels that haven't opened. Stir in pesto and orange peel. Ladle into bowls and dollop or swirl with more pesto, if you wish. Great with chunks of sourdough bread for dunking.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 324, Protein 28g, Carbohydrates 30g, Fat 11g, Fibre 5g.